Summer is great for getting out for a stroll in the sunshine but choosing where to walk can be tricky.

A new book guides you along the river Thames in manageable chunks and some intriguing facts.

David Fathers’ The London Thames Path is published by Frances Lincoln on May 7 and breaks down the 40-mile London stretch of the Thames Path into richly illustrated, fact-filled book.

The walk runs along either side of the river from Putney to the Thames Barrier and each double page is has the distance covered printed on it so you can plan your own day out.

We’ve teamed up with the publishers to give you a cheeky glimpse of the Greenland Dock to Deptford Creek section of the guide.


The 3.1km stroll in south east London takes starts off by the South Dock, which was drained in the Second World War and used for the construction of Mulberry harbours used in the D-Day landings.

It includes Royal Victoria Victualling Yard, created in 1788 to feed and water the Royal Navy – Deptford Royal Dockyard, which has a long history which dates back to before Henry VIII and includes roles in Drake’s circumnavigation of the globe, Cook’s discovery of Australia and the Spanish Armada.


It trails round the memorial to Russian Tsar Peter the Great and winds up at Deptford Creek.

Click the picture to enlarge it for the full route:

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The London Thames Path (Frances Lincoln) is available from May 7, RRP £9.99.